The Earth System Governance Project operates under the direction of a Scientific Steering Committee. The role of the Scientific Steering Committee is to guide the implementation of the Earth System Governance Science and Implementation Plan, and ensure the continuation and thriving of the Earth System Governance network.

Scientific Steering Committee Members serve for a limited term, usually no more than 5 years, and new members are appointed by the Scientific Steering Committee through unanimous decision, taking into account the academic standing and potential contribution to the project of individual members as well as an overall balanced composition of the Scientific Steering Committee in terms of disciplines, geographical backgrounds, gender and professional seniority.

The Earth System Governance Scientific Steering Committee meets quarterly, preferably meeting jointly on location for a larger annual meeting. The work of the Scientific Steering Committee is led by two Co-Chairs, that are respectively elected internally by the Scientific Steering Committee on a two-year term and staged basis, for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

The work of the Scientific Steering Committee is executed primarily (but not exclusively) through portfolios led by individuals or groups of committee members, structured per strategic domains identified through the Earth System Governance Science and Implementation Plan. Each portfolio have an annual workplan and lead committee members regularly report on progress to the full Scientific Steering Committee.

SSC Portfolio Structure

Co-Chairs (2021-2022)
Agni Kalfagianni
James Meadowcroft

Research Centers
Agni Kalfagianni
Sarah Burch

Partners and Outreach
Steffen Bauer
James Patterson
Jonathan Pickering
Prof. Chukwumerije (Chuks) Okereke (with a special focus in Africa)

Conference
Sarah Burch (Toronto 2022)

Taskforces
Jonathan Pickering
Aarti Gupta
DG Webster

Publications
Aarti Gupta

People and Education
Atsushi Ishii
Louis Kotzé
Cristina Inoue

IPO Liaison
Agni Kalfagianni
James Patterson

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